19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Mt.Omotodake. Get in touch with nature at Kabira Bay and Nosoko Mape. The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki and snap pictures at Nagurao Bridge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Ishigaki travel planning website.

Perth, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Perth in January: highs in Ishigaki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
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— 5 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Escape the urban bustle at Nara Park and Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Kofuku-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, look for gifts at Ninja Dojo and Store, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in January, things will get colder in Kyoto: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nikko.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 19th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Nikko Base.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Nikko trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Nikko takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Nikko, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Winter Sports · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
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— 3 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Family-friendly places like Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area will thrill your kids. Step out of the city life by going to Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area and Shiga Kogen. Venture out of the city with trips to Myoko (Suginohara & Akakura Onsen Ski Area).

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi trip builder website.

Getting from Nikko to Yamanouchi-machi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Yamanouchi-machi is slightly colder than Nikko - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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— 6 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba District and Ginza. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Meiji Jingu Shrine. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. You will leave for home on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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Japan travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.